Rand Paul Clears Hurdle to White House Run

Kentucky Republicans endorsed a March caucus that will allow the senator to run for his seat and the presidency simultaneously—as long as he pays for it.

Kentucky Republican Party committee members voted Saturday to hold a presidential caucus on March 5 provided one of the state’s U.S. senators, Rand Paul, puts up $250,000 to cover half of the cost of the caucus by next month. The arrangement would allow Paul to run for his Senate seat and seek the presidency simultaneously.

  • Paul said he was "grateful for the Republican Party's trust" in an e-mailed statement. "The people of Kentucky deserve a voice as the GOP chooses their next nominee, and holding a caucus will ensure that Kentucky is relevant and participates early in the process."
  • If money is received by September, caucus will be held in March. If not, a primary will be held on May 17.
  • NOTE: No candidate can appear twice on the ballot on state’s May primary
  • NOTE: Paul has pledged to cover estimated $500,000 cost minus participating candidates paying $15,000 each

John McCormick contributed reporting.

 

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